Launch of a joint statement by WHO-UNICEF-UNFPA and advocacy brief by PMNCH and partners
A growing body of epidemiological evidence links climate hazards to adverse maternal, newborn and child health outcomes, ranging from gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia to preterm births, to development of respiratory diseases and negative effects on learning and family function. A deeper understanding of the complex consequences the climate crises has on women, newborns, children and adolescents, and on sexual reproductive health, rights and access to services, especially for particularly at-risk populations is critical for developing targeted interventions and policies to reduce the anticipated adverse effects and ensure equitable climate adaptation and mitigation.
In preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2023 (COP28), the World Health Organization and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) are co-hosting a webinar to share the latest evidence on the intersection between climate change and the health of women, newborns, children and adolescents. This webinar will also share advocacy tools to bring this agenda forward at COP28 and beyond to ensure accountability, policy and financial commitment to address the impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable populations.